Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.


The First Book

The First Book

More From Vendela

In this video

Tagged as

After publishing her first and second books, Vendela Vida has realized she has experience on her side.

Vendela's Biography

Ideal Interview Subject: Sofia Coppola and Vera Farmiga
Source of Strength: "My mother and just watching her do everything that she does."
Three Words to Describe Herself: Determined, silly and thoughtful
Most Recent Project: "I'm starting a book about my mom's upbringing in Sweden."

Vendela Vida is an American writer, columnist, journalist and editor. She is the author of And Now You Can Go, and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, both named by the New York Times as Notable Books of the Year. Her most recent book, The Lovers, was published in 2010 by Ecco. She is a founding co-editor of The Believer, and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. Vida collaborated on the screenplay of the 2009 fim, Away We Go, with husband, and fellow author, Dave Eggers. She is the co-founder and board member of 826 Velencia, a nonprofit organization that teaches creative writing to children and teenagers.

Related Videos

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols
Star Trek Actress & NASA Recruiter

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer. As Lieutenant Uhura on the legendary television series Star Trek, Nichols played, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, &ldquo...

Esta Soler
Esta Soler
Founder, Futures Without Violence

Esta Soler is President of Futures Without Violence, a leading non-profit organization in the fight against domestic violence. She was born in Bridgeport, CT, in 1947 and has a Mas...

Gabrielle Giffords
Gabrielle Giffords
Former Congresswoman (D-Arizona)

Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords became known for her resilience in the face of violence after a shooting at a local event that left six dead and Giffords with severe ...

Heather McTeer
Heather McTeer

Heather McTeer was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, “the heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta.” After graduating from Spelman College with a BA in Sociolo...